Warbird Tech 05 - North American P-51 Mustang
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Mustang! The name conjures images of wild, muscular horses living a spirited existence in the expansive American West. No doubt that was exactly what was intended when North American Aviation's sleekly-sculpted P-51 fighter was given the same name. By any standard, the P-51 Mustang rates as one of the major success stories of World War Two. With an inspired airframe from the start, the aircraft only got better as the Rolls Royce Merlin engine was mated to it, delivering performance at altitude that made the P-51 a scourge to enemies around the world. But this performance had a price tag. The underslung coolant scoop that also acted as a propulsive force to aid the Mustang's speed was a terrifying ram brake in ditchings, prompting advice from the British to avoid ditching a Mustang unless no alternative remained.